Dec 19, 2012 2:35am EST
review board report provides a clear look at syria's systemic challenges that we've begun to fix and says i accept every one of them. so clearly taking responsibility for the state department and saying listen, we've already begun to fix these problems. >> that report did have this finding, the board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual u.s. government employee breached his or her duty. so they were assigning blame more to the system than any one particular person. >> which is good news for the secretary of state. i would imagine. >>> out of syria and lucky to be alive, nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle has a nightmare story to sell after he and his crew were kidnapped in syria. they were rescued by rebels during a gun battle at a checkpoint monday night. the men were grabbed last week shortly after entering the country from turkey. they were blind folded, bound and threatened with execution, but never physically harmed. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be out. we're very happy to be back in turkey. we love being here.
Dec 21, 2012 1:40am PST
. by that time, the new secretary of state may be confirmed. >>> now we turn to the worsening situation in syria. a u.s. official confirms within the last day, the assad regime has launched lots of scud missiles at rebel areas in the territory. russian president putin, a top assad ally, acknowledged, this is important, that it is time for change in syria. >>> back here at home, it is one week since tragedy struck newtown, connecticut. a moment of silence will be observed beginning at 9:30 eastern time to remember those who died. then bells will ring 26 times to mark the lives of 20 children and 6 adults who were killed. president obama will also mark the moment at the white house. >>> in related news, the national rifle association's long awaited announcement following the connecticut tragedy is set for later this morning. the group promises what it called meaningful contributions to make sure what happened in newtown does not happen again. the nra has returned to social media, cautiously posting on twitter and reinstating its account on facebook. i think what you may see at this news conference
Dec 25, 2012 2:05am PST
unaccounted for. >>> now we turn to syria, where christians are praying for peace in their war-torn country on this christmas day. because of security reasons, churches hosted christmas eve services at 5:00 last night, not at midnight. the state department has condemned in the strongest terms the recent wave of bombings that have targeted civilians launched by the assad regime. >>> pope benedict xvi called for prayers for syrians and others in the middle east living in conflict. his christmas message opened with a traditional latin wish for peace, especially to those who live and suffer in places where christ lived. the pope expressed hope that people caught up in the high tech world find room in their hearts for god. >>> thousands of christian pilgrims celebrated mass in bethlehem this morning, the town where it is believed christ was born. the holiday was especially joyous on the west bank after the united nations recognized palestine as an independent state. >>> here in the u.s., it is a day for worship, for exchanging gifts, getting together with family and friends and planning a return